The Witches Digest for Thursday, February 8th
(Part 1 – Astronomy)
Giver of life
Strengthen me during my life-long strife.
Teach me Your ways of perfect love,
peace, and wisdom true.
Spawn from my purest heart
These words to You
May this prayer help me to better
myself in word and deed,
To a higher plane I shall succeed.
Beautiful Light of Goodness Fair
Lore of old we both do share
A Witch’s brew, I drink to You
My love for You, by day, by night
In thought and in sight
Will my soul learn
the meaning of this life again.
Originally published on Pagan Library
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Thursday, February 8th
Sun Direction: ↑ 141.20° SE
Sun Altitude: 28.67°
Sun Distance: 91.703 million mi
Next Equinox: Mar 20, 2018 11:15 am (Vernal)
Sunrise Today: 6:50 am↑ 108° East
Sunset Today: 5:26 pm↑ 252° West
Length of Daylight: 10 hours, 36 minutes
Moon Direction: ↑ 230.00° SW
Moon Altitude: 20.01°
Moon Distance: 249078 mi
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Full Moon: Mar 1, 20186:51 pm
Next Moonset: Today11:53 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
The Lunar Calendar
Moon Direction: ↑ 230.50° SW
Moon Altitude: 19.61°
Moon Distance: 249082 mi
Next New Moon: Feb 15, 20183:05 pm
Next Full Moon: Mar 1, 20186:51 pm
Next Moonset: Today11:53 am
Astrology of Today – Thursday, February 8
Mars-Uranus early today is progressive. A Last Quarter Moon occurs shortly before midday, and asks us to consider our spiritual needs.
The Moon is in Pisces all day (until Wednesday, June 10th, at 7:13 AM).
The Moon is void from 2:08 PM forward (until tomorrow at 7:13 AM).
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 11:41 AM/ Third Quarter phase from 11:41 AM forward.
The Third Quarter Moon occurs at 11:41 AM in Pisces.
Mercury is retrograde. (Mercury is retrograde from May 18 to June 11 in the sign of Gemini).
Your Daily Astronomy Overview for Thursday, February 8
The Moon continues its transit of Scorpio until 8:54 AM EST, after which it transits Sagittarius. The Sagittarius Moon encourages a direct, spontaneous approach to the world, at least on an emotional level, and it blends well with the Sun, Mercury, and Venus currently in Aquarius. The Moon forms a square to Venus before changing signs this morning, however, and we can find ourselves torn between a craving for intimacy and a need for some emotional detachment.
As the day progresses, we move towards a Moon-Mars alignment in Sagittarius, and we instinctively desire change and adventure. While excessive haste or rash behavior can leave us vulnerable to difficulties, healthy risk-taking might simply serve to enliven us. We can feel irritable if we don’t have something adventurous, challenging, or physical to do. Taking the initiative is appropriate now.
The Moon is void from 2:17 AM EST, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Venus), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 8:54 AM EST.
Moon in Sagittarius
The Moon is traveling through Sagittarius. The grass looks greener on the other side during this time. Jump ship. Learn a new language. Tell it like it is. Make people laugh.
The Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don’t want to plan ahead, and prefer to “wing it”.
The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve “winging it”, travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.
The sky this week for February 8 to 11
A glowing cone of zodiacal light, a brightly shining Jupiter, and the Alpha Centaurid meteor shower all make appearances in the sky this week.
By Richard Talcott
Thursday, February 8
The waning crescent Moon stands midway between Mars and Jupiter this morning. Although the trio are too far apart to appear in a single binocular field of view, the scene will look spectacular to the naked eye.
Mars officially crosses the border from Scorpius into Ophiuchus this morning. Although the planet spent just eight days within the confines of the Scorpion, it will remain in the Serpent-bearer for more than a month.
For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, today marks the peak of the annual Alpha Centaurid meteor shower. And with the Moon a waning crescent, it won’t shed much unwanted light into the morning sky. The shower’s radiant — the point from which the meteors appear to originate — lies among the background stars of Centaurus (although, oddly enough, closer to 1st-magnitude Beta [β] Centauri than to its brighter neighbor, Alpha [α] Centauri). The shower typically produces about 6 meteors per hour at its peak, although observers have reported between 20 and 30 per hour in a couple of years. The meteors tend to be bright and often leave persistent trains.
Friday, February 9
One of the sky’s largest asterisms — a recognizable pattern of stars separate from a constellation’s form — occupies center stage on February evenings. To trace the so-called Winter Hexagon, start with southern Orion’s luminary, Rigel. From there, the hexagon makes a clockwise loop. The second stop is brilliant Sirius in Canis Major. Next, pick up Procyon in the faint constellation Canis Minor, then the twins Castor and Pollux in Gemini, followed by Capella in Auriga, Aldebaran in Taurus, and finally back to Rigel.
Saturday, February 10
Mars passes 5° due north of Antares this morning. Although the Red Planet officially lies in the southwestern corner of the constellation Ophiuchus, it appears in a single binocular field with Scorpius’ brightest star. Because both Mars and Antares shine at magnitude 1.1, this is a perfect opportunity to compare the colors of the two objects, and come to understand why ancient observers named the star Antares, which literally means “rival of Mars.”
Sunday, February 11
The waning crescent Moon appears 2° above Saturn this morning. The two rise shortly after 4 a.m. local time and climb some 10° above the southeastern horizon by the time twilight starts. The planet shines at magnitude 0.6 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer.
The Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point in its orbit around Earth, at 9:16 a.m. EST. It then lies 252,090 miles (405,700 kilometers) from Earth’s center.
The Witches Current Moon Phase for February 8th
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 22.90 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 399,795.89 km
Sun Angle: 0.54
Sun Distance: 147,588,720.41 km
YOUR DAILY GUIDE TO THE CHANGING SKY
Your sky for February 8, 2018
The Moon in Sagittarius: Optimistic, Philosophical, Adventurous
February 8 – February 10, 2018
Before we jump straight into the Moon in Sagittarius, let’s first learn about the Moon itself. In Astrology, the Moon is considered a planet. It moves so quickly through the sky that it actually passes through each of the zodiac signs every month! While most people are familiar with their Sun sign, many people are unaware of what their Moon sign is. Why is knowing this aspect of this so important? The Moon is our astrological home, and it relates to our moods and our gut feelings. If you don’t know what your lunar sign is, find out by filling out a FREE Cosmic Profile. You might find out that you have a Sagittarius Moon sign!
When the Moon is in Sagittarius
No matter what your Moon sign is, we are all honorary Sagittarians when the Moon moves through that sign. The energy of Sagittarius is very expansive, free, and visionary. If you’re normally very pragmatic or cynical, you might find that you’re a little more optimistic than usual. Your mind will start considering all the possibilities of a situation rather than just focusing on the potential roadblocks. Your thoughts could end up in uncharted territory!
A Sagittarius Moon will renew your sense of adventure, and you could have the desire to pick something (no matter how big or small) and just go for it. Sagittarius loves the idea of traveling and expanding their horizon. This can be something physical like traveling to a faraway place, or taking their mind on a trip with an education pursuit. Don’t be surprised if you have the urge to register for that class you’ve been thinking about taking, or if you decide to book a last-minute vacation during this transit.
New Moon in Sagittarius
New Moons are a time of new beginnings and new emotional cycles. The Sagittarius New Moon asks us to plant the seeds of optimism. This is when we allow ourselves to leave the painful parts of our pasts behind so we can visualize a bigger and brighter future. This idealistic outlook doesn’t match the realities of everyone’s life. Many people are suffering in economic, emotional, physical, and spiritual ways. It’s not difficult to find areas of frustration and fear inside us and in the environment around us. The Sagittarius New Moon offers you hope, and all the wonderful things that hope brings. Instead of seeing a situation as it is, you will be able to imagine what your situation could be.
Full Moon in Sagittarius
Unlike the New Moon, which is about starting something new, the Full Moon is about reflecting on what we planted six months ago, and how it’s coming to fruition. It urges us to consider what’s next. This is an interesting time because the Moon in far-seeing Sagittarius opposes the Sun in nearsighted Gemini. Gemini is concerned with things that are nearby while Sagittarius wants us to contemplate what’s on the distant horizon. We might be overwhelmed with ideas and information, but the Sagittarius Full Moon helps us focus our attention on long-term goals and higher principles rather than getting lost in a flood of small details.
If you were born with the Moon in Sagittarius
Lunar Sagittarians are the free spirits of the zodiac, and are most fulfilled when they have the freedom to live life on their own terms. They feel their best when they can maintain their independence and come and go as they please. People with this bold Moon sign are always game to try something new, and their nomadic nature often has them daydreaming about their next adventure! This sign doesn’t ask, “Why?” It asks, “Why not?”
Someone with a Sagittarius Moon has a passion for learning. This Moon sign is all about expansion, and that includes broadening their minds. Sagittarius chases after wisdom, and they do this by seeking out the truth about the people and world around them. This Moon sign likes to dabble in philosophy, psychology, religion, or whatever subject might help them in their pursuit of knowledge.
Optimism is at the heart of people born with a Sagittarius Moon. Their happy-go-lucky demeanor and positive outlook on life give them an adaptability that makes it easy to roll with all of life’s punches. Some mistake their idealism for having an unrealistic outlook on life, but it’s really that Lunar Sagittarians believe in their heart that everything will work out for the best in the end.
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We are changing things up for a bit. We decided that we had gotten stuck into a daily rut. So we are getting out of that rut for a bit. Everyday after I get through doing the Astronomy section and the Horoscopes section, Eleanor will take over and provide you with some fresh new Witchcraft, Wiccan, Voodoo, Hoodoo and who knows what else kind of material. It’s been a while since we actually added new material to the site and it is long over due.
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